Proportion of low birth weight infants in an Indian population and its relationship with maternal age and parity

R. Chakraborty, M. Roy, S. R. Das

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

7 Scopus citations

Abstract

The overall proportion of low birth weight infants is found to be relatively higher in the Indian population. Data collected from two hospitals in Calcutta, India indicate that although the proportion of infants weighing less than 2,001 g is approximately 10%, the dependence of this proportion on maternal age and parity is similar to the studies conducted elsewhere, suggesting a definite biological significance of the phenomenon. The proportion of low birth weight infants is found to be the greatest for the first and late pregnancies, the minimum being at the third birth rank. Young mothers showed a tendency to have an increasing proportion of low birth weight infants with increasing birth order; whereas for older mothers a general U shaped dependence of the proportion on parity is suggested from the analysis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)73-79
Number of pages7
JournalHuman Heredity
Volume25
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1975

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Proportion of low birth weight infants in an Indian population and its relationship with maternal age and parity'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

  • Cite this